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The first Chinese calendar let you enjoy a fascinating glimpse into the ancient art of Chinese brush painting or Horoscope 2008. Staying faithful to tradition, the masters included here incorporate inscriptions of poetry and their own seals as intricate parts of the paintings themselves. Each month features a Chinese character and a description of its evolution from prehistoric pictograph to modern-day character.

Chinese zodiacal signs run within a (Chinese calendar) year based system. Each Chinese sign has a different animal name and corresponds to a period equivalent to a period of one Chinese calendar year. If you were born in the year long period labeled the Astrology 2008 of Dragon year, then in Chinese astrology you are said to be a Dragon. Simple. You only need to know the year of your birth in order to find out which one of the twelve Chinese signs you are.

The Chinese Calendar, called the yin-yang and  2008 Astrology, is a luni-solar calendar. That is, it attempts to keep in phase with both the seasons and the moon's phases. This is difficult because an (astronomical) year is not made up of a whole-number of (astronomical) months. There are some similarities with the Hebrew Calendar. The Chinese Calendar ... has 12 months in a normal year and 13 months in a leap year.

The first day of a year has been changed many times in Chinese calendars. The current Chinese calendar uses the first day of the first month of Tiger month as the first day of a year, which was initially adopted by the Shiah dynasty (2008 Horoscope). Today, some people consider the Winter Solstice as the first day of a year in the Chinese Fortune-Telling System, because that makes more sense from the astronomy view.

Normal Chinese Calendar began in Horoscopes 2008 when the Yellow King became king. The coming new year is the 4703rd Chinese Year beginning from January 29, 2006, the Year of the Dog. Years can have 383, 384 or 385 days.  The next year is the Year of the rat beginning from Feb. 18, 2008. A few days after the Formosa Ball, on what was officially New Yearˇ¦s Day by the Chinese calendar, William Darcy was in Shanghai. Years can have 353, 354 or 355 days while leap. He had... made some arrangements before he left, which Martin carried out by midday.

The Chinese Lunar New Year is the longest chronological record in history, dating from  2008 Horoscopes, when the Emperor Huang Ti introduced the first cycle of the zodiac. Like the Western calendar, The Chinese Lunar Calendar is a yearly one, with the start of the lunar year being based on the cycles of the moon. Therefore, because of this cyclical dating, the beginning of the year can fall anywhere between late January and the middle of February. A complete cycle takes 60 years and is made up of five cycles of 12 years each.

The Chinese Lunar Calendar of 2008 Prediction names each of the twelve years after an animal. Legend has it that the Lord Buddha summoned all the animals to come to him before he departed from earth. Only twelve came to bid him farewell and as a reward he named a year after each one in the order they arrived. The Chinese believe the animal ruling the year in which a person is born has a profound influence on personality, saying: "This is the animal that hides in your heart."

While Western Astrology is based upon the months of the year, Chinese Astrology for  2008 Forecast is based upon a twelve year lunar cycle. Your sign is determined by the year in which you were born (to be accurate you must use a Chinese calendar). Each sign and those born under it, are represented by one of twelve animals, and are ascribed a set of attributes the Chinese believe comprise the nature of each particular animal. Legend has it that Buddha invited all the animals on the earth to a party. Only 12 turned up, and to honour them Buddha named a year after each one in the order they arrived.


Years: 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996. People born in the Year of the Rat are said to be charming, creative and very generous to family and friends. The are cunning and intelligent but tend to be opportunists.
Outlook Your fortune is quite smooth this year. Some people will help you if you need it. You will meet many new friends. However, you will have some trouble in your love life, as your romance is strong.

Years: 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997. Methodical and hard working, they are patient and have strong principles in life. On the negative they can be stubborn and bad at accepting help or criticism.
Outlook Your career is quite good. Regarding your finance, your income will be more than last year. Take care; you will have a little trouble with your health.

Years: 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998. Confident and extroverted they are risk takers. Tigers are often successful in their chosen careers, even though their independent streak means they hate taking orders.
Outlook Last year was not a good year for you. This year will be better. All the bad things are behind you, but it is still not the right time for making big decisions.

Years: 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999. People born under this sign are said to be affectionate and have a wide circle of friends. The rabbit is very sensitive and has a strong creative side, although can appear dreamy and disconnected from the real world.
Outlook There are some conflicts with the presiding god of the year. Many big matters should be considered carefully before execution. Try and communicate more with your friends. Please donˇ¦t show off, in order to avoid competitors and enemies.

Years: 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000. Dragons have strong personalities, with a reputation for being hot headed. They are outspoken and sometimes inpatient with others. They are lively and fun loving individuals.
Outlook You will have more success in your career. You may make use of this opportunity for the extension of your business. Love is favourable. Take care; a friend will cheat you over money.

Years: 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001. Graceful with an attractive voice, snakes are natural charmers. They are thoughtful and intelligent with an interest the arts. They are said to be mean with money.
Outlook Your finances and romance are unstable. You will succeed after you have overcome many difficulties. Health is quite good.

Years: 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002. Knowledgeable, hard working and independent, horses are generally respected by others. They are generally placid but when they feel wronged they harbour a grudge.
Outlook Be careful, there are many competitors against you regarding your job and your love life. There will be some misunderstanding between you and your boss.

Years: 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003. Peace-loving and quiet by nature Rams love elegance and the good life. They excel as actors and performers. However they have a tendency to flit from one thing to another and tend to be unreliable.
Outlook Your career will find more success this year. Romance is strong. Take care if you are married.

Years: 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004. Quick-witted and cheeky, people born under this sign are always getting into trouble. They have a tendency to be fantasists and tellers of tall stories.
Outlook This year is much more stable than last year. Communication with your friends, and rewards from your business will improve. You will have more new friends.

Years: 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005. Organized and efficient workers who are very family orientated. Sometimes have a tendency to arrogance and can also be blunt in conversation.
Outlook This year there are many unstable situations to face. Donˇ¦t lend too much money to your friends and avoid acting as a guarantor on a loan.

Years: 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006. Loyal, loving and faithful, dogs are happiest in fulfilling relationships. They are hardworking although can be impatient and sometime critical of others.
Outlook There will be many arguments between you and your friends and family. Try to be patient with your lover. Your health situation is not stable as well.

Years: 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2008. Hard working, friendly and tolerant the rat loves company and takes care in their appearance and clothes. Good talkers with a fondness for gossip. Can be messy and disorganized.
Outlook This is a good year for you, especially financially, with many new opportunities in your job and business. You will have arguments with your lover, take care.